Coronavirus Live Updates as of March 9, 2020
This is TechStartups’ live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak. All times below are in Eastern time. This blog will be updated throughout the day as the news breaks.
- Global cases: More than 111,300, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
- Global deaths: At least 3,892, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
- US cases: At least 600, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
- US deaths: At least 22, according to Johns Hopkins University.
2:25 pm: Iraq calls on citizens to avoid sacred cities and sites
Iraq has banned all public gatherings and called on citizens to avoid visiting sacred cities and sites to stop the spread of the coronavirus, an official statement said on Monday.
Authorities also called on Iraqis arriving from Iran, China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Kuwait and Bahrain to stay at home for self-quarantine for 14 days, the statement said. —Reuters
2:24 pm: Canada reports its first death
Canada has recorded its first death from the new coronavirus, a resident at a British Columbia long-term care facility, the province’s health officer Bonnie Henry said on Monday at a press conference.
Henry said on Saturday that two residents at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver had tested positive after a health worker at the facility was found to have the virus. —Reuters